Can the 2020 Captain Cook collection really be from the same Rado that gave us the sleekly designed unisex Ceramica range? OK to be fair, this line isn’t brand new, but in case you missed it the first time around, the opposing design languages under the same singular brand can come as a bit of a shock.
Rado is charting new territory (a crafty Captain Cook reference) with a vintage style extension to the range, still using high-tech ceramic and sapphire crystal, but with a more macho bronze case stance. The green dial Captain Cook Bronze Automatic 42mm is the star of the show—Rado CEO Matthias Breschan noted that last year’s release of the green model in stainless steel surprisingly outpaced all of its counterparts in sales in 2019.
Alongside a trio of 42mm bronze models—offered in green, navy blue, and brown—Rado has further additions to the Captain Cook line for 2020. The 42mm steel models can now be had on a 3-link oyster style bracelet, and the more compact and vintage proportioned 37mm models are on offer in a more delicate beads-of-rice bracelet configuration. The latter is a welcome addition or vintage enthusiasts with more compact wrists, and while the white dial model is a touch more feminine, its blue counterpart feels properly unisex.
Although Captain Cook by name, the collection has nothing perceptible to do with the famous British explorer and navigator who accurately charted the waters of the Pacific islands in the 18th century. It’s much more about the somewhat predictably labeled ‘urban jungle’. Green is no doubt used to tie in with the eco-green consciousness that currently captures the attention of today’s youth. The look is deliberately luscious and verdant. Glossy green appears on the dial and the scratchproof ceramic bezel of the 42mm watch while the casing is in a choice of stainless steel or bronze which will develop a pleasing patina over time. The caseback is in lightweight titanium.
The new Captain Cook is a larger version of a back-catalog piece originally released in 1962. If green is not your color, the watch also comes with dials of blue and brown also with bronze or stainless steel casing. If 42mm is too much watch for your wrist, there’s a smaller version too, a more conservative 37mm model in steel with white, blue or green high-tech ceramic dials.
The Captain Cook range is powered by the Swiss-made ETA C07.111 automatic movement, with up to 80 hours of power reserve. Chunky hands and a date window at 3 o’clock complete the look.
As is the trend these days, it’s easy to swap your style with Rado’s new Easy Clip System so you can change from a steel bracelet, to a chunky leather strap or a Nato strap without the use of any tools.
Water-resistant to 300 meters, the new Rado Captain Cook range will sell for US$2000 in stainless steel (both 42mm and 37mm) or US$2600 for the bronze casing version.
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